Just as I have taken on more art projects – courses, personal challenges, commissions – the free time I have to devote to art has shrunk. Trying to eke out time for sitting down with my materials is proving ever more challenging so I am hoping that the pendulum will swing back into a more reasonable balance soon. I was very thankful, therefore, that this week’s Life Book lesson was all about brevity. The whole point of the lesson – which was taken by Martha Lever – was to produce small, loose watercolour sketches in just a few minutes. That was something I could actually tackle while cooking dinner. The exemplar was of botanical studies, flowers pulled from the imagination and loosely painted, but flowers are not really my thing when it comes to art. I love flowers, I like other people’s paintings of flowers, but flowers are not my muse and I don’t do a good job of drawing them. I decided, therefore, to paint something that does inspire me: tea drinking. Each little study probably took me about three minutes. Yay for speed art!